Iranian Minister of Health Saeed Namaki announced that the staff of Iranian intensive care units in 635 hospitals will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine simultaneously. Namaki then introduced his son and said that he would become the first Iranian to receive the vaccine on live TV, in an attempt to dispel doubts about the Russian vaccine's safety. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the sign for the rollout to begin, and Namaki's son was administered the vaccine live on IRINN (Iran) on February 9, 2021.
Saeed Namaki: "Our deal colleagues who are being vaccinated today are the doctors, nurses, and staff of intensive care units in 635 hospitals, where the vaccines have been distributed. The [vaccination] will, inshallah, begin simultaneously in all of them. But among them, there is one young man who is not a doctor.
"He came there to proclaim that his blood is not redder than the blood of the rest of this country's youth.
"He came here to say: My father promised, when some people raised hell [about the safety of the Russian vaccine] that the first to be vaccinated would be a member of his family. So he came here to prove it. This is no other than [my son], the son of the Minister of Health."
Hassan Rouhani: "We hereby begin the mass vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, with the blessing of Allah."